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South African President Zuma Unscathed by Scandals
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
South African President Jacob Zuma has been described by many as the luckiest head of state. Throughout his career, Zuma has been able to escape serious scandals, including rape charges, corruption charges and now misuse of state funds for developments at his private home. Popularly known for his singing and dancing talent, Zuma’s art of escaping serious scandals have left many people dumbfounded. In 2005, then Vice President Zuma’s financial advisor, Schabir Shaik, was sentenced to 15... (Full Story)

Pakistan's Intelligence Agency Seeks TV Station Shutdown
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Pakistan's intelligence agency is calling for the shutdown of a leading Pakistani television station, accusing it of broadcasting "false" and "scandalous" reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists says Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI) has filed a complaint against Geo Television with the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on its coverage of the assassination attempt on Geo anchor Hamid Mir. Mir was shot and... (Full Story)

Israel Warns Palestinians Over Hamas Talks
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cautioned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday over just-revived unity talks with Hamas, saying he had to choose between peace with Israel or its Islamist enemy.   Amplifying Netanyahu's warning, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Abbas's signature on a unity accord with Hamas would be tantamount to “signing the termination of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority”.   Delegates... (Full Story)

Erdogan Offers Unexpected Condolences for Armenian Killings
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan offered what the government said were unprecedented condolences on Wednesday to the grandchildren of Armenians killed in World War I by Ottoman soldiers.   In a statement issued on the eve of the 99th anniversary of the deeply contested deaths, Erdogan unexpectedly described the events of 1915 as “inhumane”, using more conciliatory language than has often been the case for Turkish leaders.   A Turkish government official said it was the... (Full Story)

Thailand's Political Power Struggle Continues
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Thailand's constitutional court has given Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra until May 2 to prepare her defense over abuse of power charges.  The case comes amid continuing uncertainty over when to hold a new election to end the country's bitter political power struggle. Yingluck faces possible dismissal from office in two verdicts expected within weeks by the constitutional court and the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC). Wednesday, the Constitutional Court... (Full Story)

Parents Say 234 Girls Captured from Nigerian School
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The parents of Nigerian schoolgirls who were abducted last week by Islamist extremists say 234 girls are still missing, a much higher figure than authorities have given. (Full Story)

Ukraine Formally Calls Off Easter Truce with Pro-Russian Separatists
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Ukraine has formally called off the Easter truce against pro-Russian separatists in the east and says anti-terrorist operations are on again, while Russia threatens to retaliate.First Deputy Prime Minister Vitaliy Yarema told reporters during a Cabinet meeting Wednesday that what he calls "appropriate steps" will be taken and that results will be seen shortly.Yarema said Ukraine had received assurances from the United States that it would not be left alone to face Russian... (Full Story)

Rival Palestinian Groups Announce Reconciliation Agreement
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Rival Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah have agreed to implement a new unity deal.In a joint press conference Wednesday, officials said the agreement entails the formation of a joint interim government within five weeks, followed by general elections in six months.The rival sides have announced similar agreements in the past, but have failed to implement them.The secular Fatah movement is led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and rules the West Bank. The militant group Hamas won a... (Full Story)

Pakistan's Defense Ministry Seeks TV Station Shutdown
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Pakistan's Defense Ministry is calling for the shutdown of a leading Pakistani television station, accusing it of broadcasting "false" and "scandalous" reports.The Committee to Protect Journalists says the ministry has filed a complaint against Geo Television with the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on its coverage of the assassination attempt on Geo anchor Hamid Mir. Mir was shot and wounded by assailants on motorcycles April 19 while he... (Full Story)

Ebola Death Toll Rises in West Africa
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
A medical relief worker at an Ebola treatment center in Guinea says new patients continue to be admitted on a daily basis.Jonas Hagensen, of Doctors Without Borders, says many of the people receiving treatment at the center in Conakry know how they were exposed. "A lot of the people who come into our centers, they actually know how they had been infected because they had been in close contact with a person that they know had had Ebola." In a VOA interview, Hagensen said medical... (Full Story)

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